July 20, 1998 |
The pre-interview: Jean Smart (who's probably best-known for "Designing Women") called at 2:30 on the dot. I at first assumed she was phoning from home, but I heard a lot of traffic in the background. . . . "Jean, where are you?" "At a corner pay phone." "Why are you at a pay phone?" "Because I didn't want to be late calling you." "I don't want you to stand there trying to do an interview." "No, no. I'm fine." "Well, if you're sure." "But the thing is, I don't think I have enough change on me."
November 27, 1995 |
Another series? No, thanks. Jean Smart swore off after five seasons of "Designing Women." The show was lovely and lucrative, but why play the same character again for years, potentially, when she was flush with TV movie, theater and film roles? "I was having such a good time just sort of doing what I wanted and working when I really felt excited about something," says Smart, who even told her agent to quit sending her series scripts. "But then he called me and said, 'This you have to read.'
September 23, 1999 |
Jean Smart doesn't appear to have a mean bone in her body. After all, she's best known for her role as the sweeter-than-sweet Charlene Frazier on the CBS comedy series, "Designing Women." Other TV roles have played off her mild-mannered persona and wholesome good looks. Perhaps it's that image which makes her performance in the new romantic drama "Guinevere" so strong and startling.
June 1, 2009 |
Jean Smart, veteran of such series as "Designing Women," "Frasier" and "24" (as loose-cannon First Lady Martha Logan), already has three Emmys on her mantle. The most recent came last year, for her role as Regina, the suburban-queen mother of high-functioning amnesiac Samantha (Christina Applegate) on the just-canceled ABC comedy, "Samantha Who?" Is all this hoopla old hat for you by now? Not at all. Last year, supposedly, I was not a contender. I don't know who makes these decisions.
June 20, 1994 |
The woman of a thousand faces swung open the door of her sun-dappled Encino home. It appeared to be Jean Smart, all right--blond, 5-foot-10, bright smile that reminded you of some dairy queen on the cover of an outdoor magazine. But if you've followed Smart's blinding array of TV movie personas, you can never be sure who the real Jean Smart is.
June 11, 1991 |
CBS' hit comedy "Designing Women" is now faced with the loss of two cast members and a producer next season, as actress Jean Smart and recently hired producer Janis Hirsch join Delta Burke on the rapidly growing list of former designers. Unlike Burke, who was asked to leave by the series' producers after months of feuding, Smart is giving up her role of office manager Charlene by choice.